VideoLAN’s infamous media player VLC was available in the iOS App Store, by publisher Applidium, to purchase for a short while until it was taken down. The media player was under a General Public License (GPL), which means that it was illegal to distribute it in the App Store, it being was open-source.
Now, VideoLAN has now changed its licensing to a Lesser General Public License (LGPL) that allows developers to sell it in the App Store.
The VideoLAN group has switched to the Lesser General Public License (LGPL), meaning developers are now free to distribute the software in a closed ecosystem like the iOS App Store. VideoLAN president Jeann-Baptiste Kempf told French publication PCINpact that the new license means we could see an app “similar to VLC” in the App Store now.
VLC supports almost every video format there is out there from .avi, .mp4, .mkv, and a whole bunch of others. Since the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Mini, and iPad are subjected to only using Quicktime formats, VLC media player for iOS is a great choice to watch anything not H.264, .mp4, or .mov.
Hopefully we’ll see VLC media player make its way back onto the App Store soon. Will you be downloading it?
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